Kensington Palace Admission
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Kensington Palace was originally a Jacobean manor house built in 1605, before Sir Christopher Wren began expansion for King William III and Queen Mary II. Their presence is still very much felt at the castle. The King’s Gallery holds many pieces from the Royal Collection, including van Dyck’s portrait of Charles I on horseback. The King and Queen’s separate state apartments are lavishly decorated, and will help any guest imagine they are royalty. Also important is the King’s staircase, painted by William Kent as a recreation of George I's court; discover its many colourful characters.
Further along in time to the 1800s, a new exhibition explores Queen Victoria's life and the rooms that shaped her. Not only was much of her life spent at the Palace, she also saved it from demolition. Plus, many of the pieces from the exhibition have never been seen by the public before.
Princess Diana’s 'Travolta' dress by Victor Edelstein is currently on display in her old home. The exhibition describes how the Princess was styled and designed for.
Outdoors, a choice can be made between Kensington Palace Gardens and Kensington Gardens. Kensington Palace Gardens is the more formal of the two, and separate from Kensington Gardens itself. It’s perfect if you’re looking for a more tranquil trip. Enjoy the Cradle Walk, seasonal wildflowers, and formal gardens of the palace. Kensington Gardens is better for play. The Peter Pan statue stands proudly near Long Water, and the Diana Memorial Playground is visited by 1,000,000 children every year. If the weather is nice, it’s the perfect spot to picnic before going to find the Italian Gardens or Henry Moore’s arch.
No matter what your family is looking for on a day out, whether it’s more peaceful and historical or fun and playful, there will be something for you at Kensington Palace. While you're in London, why not take a trip to the Tower of London as well?
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Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after some of the most extraordinary buildings and palaces, including the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace, the Banqueting House in Whitehall and Hillsborough Castle and Gardens in Northern Ireland. Delve into the deep history of all the palaces and discover the stories of how monarchs and others have shaped society in some of the greatest palaces ever built.
Kids and adults alike can experience history where it happened at these six palaces, which have seen over 1,000 years of history. Whether you are visiting in person or virtually, there is so much to see and do. Discover a series of events for families, including garden trails, family trails, Yeoman Warder tours and spectacular exhibitions. A trip to one of these palaces will leave everyone impressed!
Historic Royal Palaces is self-funded and depend on the support of their visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers. They exist to ensure the future of the palaces and their aim is not only to protect both the palaces and the life in them but also to help visitors experience the history firsthand.